Apparently, the 1950's was a time in our culture when the teacher could leave a classroom of students to run an errand and return without concern of incident. Such was the day when Ms. Gagliardi, my teacher, walked out of her kindergarten class. Being the oldest of three and Mommy's helper, as usual, I assessed the situation, deciding the teacher was gone too long. I recall scanning the classroom of my peers and thinking, "These kids need something to do." So I asked them, "Would you like me to read you a story?" I received collective vocal consent, obtained a book, and went to work. When Ms. Gagliardi returned, she found me, at the age of five, sitting in her chair, captivating my classmates as I "read" them a story.
Fast forward to today. The evolution of education, our culture, and society have changed radically. I daresay, Ms. Gagliardi would seriously double-think the idea of leaving a classroom of five-year-olds unattended in 2012. What hasn't changed however, is my passion for teaching. Between my mom, who passed on a love for reading and my 5th grade teacher, Ms. Levitt, literature, grammar, the overall area of English became my subject of preference.
As a certified teacher of 17 years for the State of Georgia, my focal experience is with 8th grade English/Language Arts. At this grade level students are expected to pass the 8th grade Writing Assessment needed to be promoted to high school. I have tutored students from 8th to 12 grades as well as college freshmen in writing and grammar. For those needing to pass the Writing Assessment, I have done so with a 100% success rate. Typically, my approach is one on one, however, consultations online can be arranged. If you are looking for assistance with your organization, style development, revising, editing, and proofreading, I utilize various practical strategies and techniques to engage you in the facilitation of this process for you.
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